How to Keep a New Year’s Resolution

Combining the incentive of a “fresh start” with commitment devices, we could actually keep our New Year’s resolutions.

The $50 That No One Wanted

While a brown M&M and an unread college course syllabus seem very different, they both provide a lesson about the need for default options.

How Being a Big Man Might Matter

In separate studies, researchers have demonstrated that the status enjoyed by big men with more weight and height echoes male pigeon power.

Thanksgiving Top Ten List For 2021

Through a Thanksgiving Top Ten list, we can use economic ideas to truly understand our behavior during the holiday.

A (Strawberry) Pop-Tart Tort

Reminding us that labels matter, consumers took Kellogg’s to court because Strawberry Pop-Tarts have more pears and apples than strawberries.

When Carbon is Like a Calorie

By looking at the impact of the Affordable Care Act’s calorie label mandate, we can guess how much Google’s emission facts will influence us.

How the ATM’s Twenty Dollar Bills Affect Us

The Atlanta Fed looked at how we spend our twenty dollar bills to see the ATM’s impact on whether we use cash or debit or credit.

How the Risks of Investing and Covid Are Similar

Just when we think we have a safe approach to Investing and Covid, our risky behavior increases, thereby making us more vulnerable.

Why Your Stock Ticker Symbol Matters

Much more than a name for trading stock, clever stock ticker symbols can affect how investors feel about companies.

How An Olympic Medal Can Make Someone Sad

Depending on whether they won gold, silver, or bronze, Olympic medal winners might not be as happy as we would expect.